If you can no longer fight the man who dons the UFC lightweight title, is fighting the man he beat to win the belt the next best option? I guess the answer isn’t important, because this is now Josh Thomson’s reality.
Lost in the drama surrounding Saturday’s UFC 167 event was the announcement Thomson will now meet former champion Benson Henderson at UFC on FOX 10. The show takes place January 25 inside United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Thomson was initially slated to challenge freshly-minted champ Anthony Pettis for his 155-pound crown at UFC on FOX 9, but Pettis was recently forced to withdraw from the December 14 shootout to undergo knee surgery.
Thomson has alternated between wins and losses over his past five scraps. “The Punk” was most recently seen in April posting a TKO victory over former top contender Nate Diaz in his return to the Octagon.
Henderson, meanwhile, looks to bounce back from his second straight loss to Pettis. Both defeats cost him his hardware – WEC title and now UFC strap. Those are the only blemishes on Henderson’s record since December 2010.
The lightweight affair will headline the freebie fight card.